what do you groom?
What do you do when you groom? i brush Tobys body first then i just kinda go from there. Toby loves to be brushed as long as there is food in front of him. his favorite brush is the body brush.
I usually start with a rubber curry, then a harder bristle brush, a soft body brush with vetrolin on it, then I do there feet. After that, depending on the horse, I will either pick the straw out of the tail or brush it. Then every once in a while I oil the hooves.
First I do the hooves & check them (for any cracks, if they need to be done, etc.) & then I use the currycomb, then a hard brush, then a soft brush followed by a face brush. :D & then I do the mane & tail, comb it out. When I'm doing a quick-groom, I just do the hooves & curry/brush. :)
~rubber curry comb - Get out chunks of dirt and dry mud and loosen.
~Very Hard Bristle Brush - Get out any more dried mud
~Curry again - Loosen dirt from undercoat
~Hard bristle all over...- remove all remaining dirt - very long time spent here
~(optional) hose down bottoms of legs - only if its warm out. not for winter-skip
~Hooves...Pick - all mud out then brushed with the other side of the pick
~hooves...oil - Protein on sole, and oil/conditioner on wall and outside and heel
~Medium brush legs and body and neck -remove dirt and dust
~Face brush. - clean the face :D
~Soft Body Brush - Flick away any remaining dust
~Brush Mane, Pick Tail - Straightens the mane. Pick shavings from tail. Its currently wrapped, Otherwise its gently brushed or just picked out.
~ShowSheen Body - I spray his whole body with the stuff except saddle area. This includes mane and tail
~Long bristle Soft Brush body - flicks off any more dust possible and makes him clean
~Soft Brush Body - Adds shine and smooths
COOKIE TIME - he's always so well behaved. i dont use a hay net or anything. So i give him a horse cookie or peppermint.
Usually takes 45 minutes or so to an hour
I have a pretty long grooming process. But my horse absolutely loves it and he always looks amazing. Right now I even have his tail braided since im using MTG. So each time i groom ill take off the bag and add conditioner or more MTG all over his tail before i put the bag back over it, but the braids wont come out for a few weeks.
For a short one...this is rushed and done in 20 or 30 minutes. And the second currying and brushing is skipped to go straight to the soft brushing cycle and only one cycle of hard brush/curry
I think it depends on why you're grooming. Most important, if you're about to ride, are things like checking hooves and brushing anywhere the saddle, etc., will rub. You want to remove anything that could cause a problem.
If there is dried mud, I use a shedding blade to get the mud off.
Then I use a medium brush to brush the dirt off.
Then I curry all over
Then i use the hard brush (If the horse has sensitive skin, I use the medium brush)
Then medium brush,
Then body brush.
I use one hoof pick (with the brush) to remove all mud from the hooves
then I pick out the hooves.
I don't really brush the mane/tail unless it's knotty. I'll usually just go over it with a medium brush.
I'll curry his neck, down his body, to his tummy, then his butt. I'll get his legs, then face and then I brushout his main & tail.
I check/pick out my horses hooves, then go over them with a hard-bristle curry, then go back over them with a soft brush, then brush their faces with a soft brush, then the mane and lastly the tail with a comb. Lol.
Like Joshie, it depends on what I'm grooming for. I also mix it up, sometimes hooves first sometimes last. If the mane is really dirty I will start there since it will get the neck dirty if I don't.
If I'm just going for a quick ride, I'll just do the saddle/girth area and feet. Pretty much skipping everything else. I'm a bad horsey mom I know :shock:
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